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DOWNLOAD ß Killing monsters: why children need fantasy, super heroes, and make-believe violence ´ Children choose their heroes carefully than we think From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem pop culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth IndeeDating our children's fantasies teaches them to trust their own emotions helps them build stronger selves leaves them less at the mercy of the pop culture industry and strengthens parent child bondsJones has written for the Spider Man Superman and X Men comic books and created the Haunted Man series for the Web He has also explored the cultural meanings of comic books and sitcoms in two well received books In Killing Monsters he presents a fresh look at children's fantasies the entertainment industry and violence in the modern imagination This reassuring book as entertaining as it is provocative offers all of us parents teachers po. The book has a good premise and setup but I am getting bored as the author reiterates the same information and over and over I am reading this book to understand my industry better I work as an animator and since the early 2000's the stories have focused on themes that concern boys I am perplexed with the attraction to violence especially explosions and wimpy heroes This book is a window into young male psyche According to the author boys need a fantasy monsters to conuer because they can't handle the real life monsters on the playground especially the omega bookish little boy Therefore that's why we have all these loser protagonists in animated films I'm sick of it Charlies Brown was fine but #1 am biased for my childhood cartoons and #2 Charlie was much better written and likeable than Fry Farnsworth Peter Griffin Bender and that wuss in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs I mean really how predictable can the latter film beHopefully when and if I reach the end of this book I'll better understand the decisions TV and film executives make when they green light stories with these kind of protagonists Ashanti

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Children choose their heroes carefully than we think From Pokémon to the rapper Eminem pop culture icons are not simply commercial pied pipers who practice mass hypnosis on our youth Indeed argues the author of this lively and persuasive paean to the power of popular culture even violent and trashy entertainment gives children something they need something that can help both boys and girls develop in a healthy way Drawing on a wealth of true stories many gleaned from the fascinating workshops he conducts and basing his claims on extensive research including interviews with psychologists and educators Gerard Jones explains why vali. Originally reviewed in Dec 2011 Updating to correct a couple of typos Nov 2012I've read on this subject often As noted before I grew up in the '50s and had dozens of cap guns I sported Fanner Fiftys yes I know it should be fifties but the Fanner Fifty was a trademarked product of Mattel in the Two Gun rig I had the Buffalo Hunter set that came with a six gun a Winchester that shot Shootin' Shells and came with a plastic skinning knife complete with stag horn grips on pistol and knife Later I had plastic sub machine guns and as I got older built scale models of well know firearms try to find those today I also played with plastic army men cowboys and even big game hunters another thing that would probably be virtually impossible to find now I date back to the first action figures GIJoe and the lesser known Stoney by Marx I read and collected comic books When I was small I read Superman and Batman then at about 12 I found Marvel I liked many of the Marvel universe but my favorite books were The Avengers and my favorite character was Captain AmericaAnd you know I'm not a serial killerreally I'm not I mean I realize that's what a serial killer would say But trust me I'm really nothonestWe all played with those toys back then and so did the generations before And you know what kids today still play violent games Parents can forbid it they can even try to suppress it but kids need that release Under the influence of a church I was attending I once tried hypocritically to forbid my son from playing games where he shot people One day I saw him outside with friends shooting a toy gun When I called him over he told me it was alright They were shooting robots I came to my senses remembered my own childhood and revoked my prohibition He was allowed to shoot bad guys like all the other kids he played with Today he sells art and craft supplies This is a book by a man who played the same games as a kid but then like so many when he came to adult hood he tried to forget it down play itand yes suppress it Then he stopped and took a look at reality The book is interesting and also yes I know this is somewhat cliched but thought provoking There are in my opinion only a few down sides First the book seems to me to be a bit over thought Once he realized that he as a child had played violent games read comic books and that he survived he was able to take another look at reality Gerard Jones is known among other things as a comic book writer and he'd made an overt attempt to scale back violence and make his stories deep and meaningful Then he spoke to a reader who liked one of his books and had found meaning found a sort of identification in some of the violence He started looking at play and entertainment violence and it's implications Unfortunately I think to some extant the act of studying may have taken over the study You'll see this I believe as you read through his stories anecdotes and thoughtswhich leads to my second uibble Second the book gets a bit dry and labored in a few places It's okay stick with it even skim a little if you need to there's some good stuff in among the waffle as Hermine said There's some important stuff hidden in the waffle from Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixThirdwell I wish he'd discussed a bit the difference in the types of violent entertainment He does point out that in most cases the authorities or whoever tend to ask the wrong uestions They'll ask what are the effects of violent entertainment on children This in effect makes no difference in f

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Killing monsters why children need fantasy super heroes and make believe violenceLicymakers media critics new ways to understand the challenges and rewards of explosive materialNews From Killing Monsters· Packing a toy gun can be good for your son or daughter Contrary to public opinion research shows that make believe violence actually helps kids cope with fears · Explosive entertainment should be a family affair Scary TV shows can have a bad effect when children have no chance to discuss them openly with adults· It's crucial to trust kids' desires What excites them is usually a sign of what they need emotionally· Violent fantasy is one of the best ways for kids to deal with the violence they see in real li. This book is an absolute must read for anyone with kids especially for those of us who have loudly proclaimed that they will never let toy guns in the house The author shows how pretend violence is a vital tool for children to work out their fears and that repressing all violent thoughts and urges is likely to do harm than good